Status hearing for Natchez mother charged with murdering infant is upcoming

Published 1:27 pm Monday, March 4, 2024

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NATCHEZ — A status hearing for a mother charged with the murder of her 9-month-old child is set for March 19.

Natchez Attorney Paul Sullivan is representing Chelsea Anding, who has been charged with second-degree murder after her 9-month-old infant died in a Jackson children’s hospital.

Chelsea Anding

Sullivan, who just picked up the case last week, said he is not ready to comment at this time.

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“I want to make sure that when I do say something about it, what I say is completely accurate,” he said.

Natchez Police Chief Cal Green said Anding, 38, was initially arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 21, on the charge of felony child abuse due to an injury to the back of the infant’s head.

The day before Anding’s arrest, the infant was transported by ambulance to Merit Health Natchez and from there was airlifted to Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson, Green said.

After being held at the police department overnight, Anding appeared before Municipal Judge Christina Daugherty. By that time, the infant had died in the hospital.

Anding’s charge was updated to second-degree murder. She has since bonded out of jail with a $500,000 bond. Daugherty has ordered that she have no contact with her surviving children.

“It’s no excuse, but she is a stay-at-home mom and possibly got overwhelmed,” Green said at the time, adding Anding’s three other children are under the age of 6.

“It’s a tragedy all around. Her other children have been removed from the home until the CPS investigation is complete.”

Sullivan said the case has yet to be bound over to a grand jury. “(The case) is still in Municipal Court,” Sullivan said. The March 19 hearing will determine if the case is moved to Circuit Court.